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Know Your Internet Laws!

What is Internet Law?

Internet Law, which may be classified under as a subgenre of ‘Cyber Law’ and ‘Computer Law’, is considered by many to be one of the most recently-developed legal fields as a result of the ongoing advent of computer-based technology. This type of technology relies heavily on the Internet and online activity, and as a result, regulations and oversight of this type of activity has been expressed in the spectrum of Internet Law. Internet Law is a fairly expansive legal field that consists of a variety of avenues and jurisdictions, including the ethical and moral use of the Internet for lawful and legal purposes.

Types of Internet Law

Within the scope of Internet Law, circumstances in which additional fields of legality and those latent within Internet Law overlap is not uncommon; the following legal fields most-commonly exist in tandem with Internet Law regulations:

Cyber Law, Computer Law, and Internet Law

Internet Law – within the scope of Computer and Cyber Law – may be identified as a form of criminal activity that is facilitated through the usage of electronic, network, and technologically-based communication systems that rely on the Internet as a means of online communication; Internet Law can range from lawful Internet usage to the regulation of electronic correspondence:
Identity Theft is the criminal act of illegally and deceptively assuming the identity of another individual without the expressed consent with the intent of committing a crime; fraudulent and illicit attainment of personal information through the usage of unsecured websites can be prosecuted through Internet Law
Hacking is the unlawful into the computer terminal, database, or digital record system belonging to another individual; hacking is conducted with the intent to commit a crime
Within the scope of Internet Law, a computer virus is a program created to infiltrate acomputer terminal belonging to another individual with the intent to cause damage, harm, and destruction of virtual property
Spyware are computer programs facilitating the unlawful collection of data, allowing individuals the illicit access to the personal and private information belonging to another individual
Phishing is a criminal act of fraud involves the illegal and unlawful attempt of to attain restricted, unauthorized, and privileged information through means of fraudulent and communicative requests
Spam is defined as a digitally-based criminalinstrument, which involves the unsolicited transmission of electronic communication with indent of committing fraud

Copyright Law and Internet Law

Internet Law prohibits the use of Bit Torrent technology, Peer-to-Peer network file sharing, and any other means of the unlawful, unauthorized transmission of digital, copyrighted media and intellectual property:
Internet Law defines traditional fire-sharing programs as means in which complete digital media files are circulated through digital transmission
Internet Law defines Bit Torrentand Peer-to-Peer file sharingas thecollective, segmented transmission of digital media through its server(s)

Sex Crimes and Internet Law
Online Sex Crimes in the scope of Internet Law are defined as the participationor engagement in sexually-predatory – or sexually-exploitative behavior through the facilitation of the Internet, which may include:
The ownership, transmission, or receipt of illicit and illegal pornography, ranging from bestiality to child pornography
The solicitation of minors – or those below the age(s) of consent – to participate in sexual activity; this can range from physical sex crimes to virtual sex crimes

Easy to Read Overview of Encryption

Easy to Read Overview of Encryption

What is Encryption?

Encryption is classified as a methodology that is employed with the intent of concealing the meaning, syntax, readability, or identification of text through the use of coding and clandestine reformatting. Digital Encryption allows for the added protection of any or all personal, privileged, and private data over the Internet and associated computational networks.
The History of Encryption

The earliest form(s) of Encryption can be traced back to various points within history, in which written communication was subject to reformatting, subversion, and masking. Individuals transmitting vital information through letter or paper transmission were required to protect the sensitivity of that information in the event that it was stolen, lost, of reclaimed by an authorized entity. As a result, ciphers and codes were implemented, which would be imperative in decoding the message. Individuals not in possession of the applicable cipher or code would be unable to access the information.
Digital Encryption
Digital Encryption is the modern incarnation of the original process of Encryption. In contrast to paper messages and tangible transmissions(s) of information, technological advances have allowed for the seamless and instantaneous transmission of information through computational networking systems and telecommunication advances. Cryptography, which is the scientific field specializing in the technique of Encryption, have been since developing methodology that insures the privacy of any or all data transmitted through digital means. 

Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Encryption

In 1998, President Bill Clinton outlawed the creation, transmission, and dissemination of rogue Encryption techniques that jeopardized the legitimacy of Federal Encryption methodology. Programs that were thought to be potential threats to the integrity and security of Digital Rights Management (DRM) Encryption measures are considered to be illegal.

Easy Guide to Phishing

Easy Guide to Phishing

What is Phishing?

Phishing is defined as the criminal act of fraud that is covered under the jurisdiction of Cyber Law. Phishing is the illegal and unlawful attempt to obtain restricted, privileged information on the part of an unauthorized party. Phishing is typically committed with the intent of the participation in and facilitation of fraudulent activity.
Phishing and Cyber Law

Phishing is classified as a Cyber-crime, which is legally defined as any criminal activity that takes place, utilizes, or relies on a computational network terminal in order to commit criminal activity. Phishing can be committed in many ways, including the use of the internet, the hijacking of online or digital data, or the participation in online-based fraud. 

Types of Phishing
The following are the most common forms of Phishing, all of which are considered to be illegal acts that are punishable by law:
Email Phishing is the attempt to illegally solicit information through email communication. This can be achieved through the deceptive transmission of informational requests, as well as the fraudulent misrepresentation of the perpetrator as an official, privileged party for such information.
The unlawful emulation of official documentation, ranging from government forms to corporate forms, to defraud the unsuspecting victim into volunteering personal or private information. Phishing scams can include a fraudulent request from a perpetrator posing as a government official or representative from a widely-known company or business.

Avoid Phishing Scams
Individuals are encouraged to investigate the nature of all email communication and transmission that they receive. Typically, individuals will never be prompted for private information through online communication.

All You Need to Know About Spam

All You Need to Know About Spam

What is Spam?
Spam, which is unaffiliated with the gastronomic product that shares the same name, is classified as a cybercrime that takes place in the realm of the Internet, which can range from electronic transmission to interpersonal, digital communication. 
Spam, or the act of ‘Spamming’, is a term that has been given to any act involving the unsolicited transmission of communication within the wide range of electronic communication(s). Akin to the criminal act of solicitation that can occur outside the scope of the virtual world, the dissemination of unsolicited material in lieu of warnings or prohibition against doing so is considered to be a criminal act.

Types of Spam
Within the digital realm of virtual communication, which can span the expanses of the Internet, a multitude of avenues through which Spam can be dispersed is a vast one. In contrast to the criminal act of Phishing, which is typically latent with the intent to defraud, the aim of Spam is to flood the correspondence ’inboxes’ of eligible recipients in order to market a product or service. However, this type of unlawful marketing is considered to be a form of unethical solicitation, and in certain cases, harassment:
Email Spam is the mass transmission of electronic correspondence to recipients whom have neither requested such information, nor have inquired about it. In order to deter the transmission of Spam, many email providers have introduced ‘Spam filters’ aimed at deterring the deliverance of Spam.
Networking Spam occurs through digital, interpersonal communication or ‘chats’. This type of Spam allows the perpetrator or ‘Spammer’ to pose as a friend or acquaintance of an unsuspecting victim.

Undertanding Spyware

Undertanding Spyware

What is Spyware?

Spyware is a colloquialism developed within the realm of Cyber Law that has been accepted in traditional, legal jargon. The notion of Spyware is classified as any illegal computer program that is transmitted and subsequently implanted within the personal computer terminal(s) or networking system(s) belonging to an individual or group.
Upon the presence of Spyware within a computational system, the owner of that specific Spyware program will be granted the unlawful access onto the digital system(s) ranging from digital communication to virtual data belonging to a private citizen or entity. As a result of this unlawful collection of data, the perpetrator of such Spyware will be privy to personal and private information to which they are unauthorized. This type of information can range from personal communication to financial information.
The Etymology of Spyware

Spyware is comprised of two words that have been joined into a single word. ‘Spy’ constitutes the clandestine nature and assumed unlawfulness engaged by an individual who is gathering information unbeknownst the individual or group who are being observed. ‘Ware’ is a colloquialism that entails the presence of software. 

Trojan Spyware

The Trojan Horse was a ploy utilized to deliver the Greeks into Troy through a deceptive ruse masking a hollow horse containing Greek soldiers as a gesture of surrender on the part of the Greeks to the Trojan government. This tale was told in Homer’s Iliad. Spyware that is classified as a ‘Trojan horse’ makes its way into the computer terminal belonging to the victim without any prior knowledge on the part of the victim in question.

Read This About Virus Protection to Protect Your Computer

Read This About Virus Protection to Protect Your Computer

What is a Computer Virus?
Akin to a virus that exists in the biological world, a computer virus is a digital program that intrudes into a specific entity and subsequently reproduces itself and causes damage and harm to the contents of that computer. Computer viruses can be created with the intent to cause harm. In other cases, the creation of computer viruses can be purely accidental. The expressed origin and intent latent within a specific computer virus will typically mandate any applicable, legal sentencing.
What is Virus Protection?
Virus Protection is a type of software that is designed in order to protect a computer terminal or computational networking system from the destruction that can be caused by a computer virus. Virus Protection can take place in a variety of methods:
Virus Protection can deter the entry of viruses into computer systems by creating a filter that disallows the entry of foreign or unrecognized programs. 
In the event that a program that is otherwise unfamiliar to the Virus Protection program wishes to gain access to a computer’s framework, the Virus Protection program will prompt the user with the option to allow a specific program entry. Upon this prompt, a Virus Protection program will typically explain the innate risks of a virus upon access to a computer or network.
Virus Protection programs can also perform routine searches spanning the entirety of the contents located within an individual computer terminal which are targeted to identify and expel any software perceived to be harmful to the inner-workings of that computer terminal.